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Pets: Avoid These Plants

Pets: Avoid These Plants

Spring is a great time of year to grow flowers in the garden; and homeowners are excited to dig into the ground. When thinking about planting flowers, we naturally think about pretty flowers that will make our yards look visually appealing and rarely about the safety of our pets. However, there are some plants this spring that will make pets sick if ingested in large quantities. Here are some spring flowers that can make dogs and cats ill:

  • Geraniums
  • Iris
  • Daffodils
  • Begonias
  • Sago Palms
  • Lilies
  • Tulips
  • Buttercups
  • Hyacinths

Some of these plants are considered to be deer resistant and will keep Bambi and his friends away from growing sites. Just be sure to keep an eye on Fido when he is outside playing in the fenced-in yard to avoid trips to the emergency room. 

Responsible Pet Owners

Responsible Pet Owners

Bringing a pet home from the humane society is a huge responsibility that requires a 10+ year commitment. New pet owners learned how to train pets during January's Train Your Dog Month; and now they will learn what makes a responsible pet owner. (It's more than just setting out fresh water and healthy dog foods.)

Being a responsible pet owner means being nurturing and patient. The experience of dog ownership can be overwhelming for both dog owner and new pet. The dog will need to learn its new surroundings and may cause damage to furniture from teething and bathroom mistakes. Remain calm and do not yell at the dog. Do not hit the dog. The dog will eventually learn its way around the house. 

Train the dog to go to the bathroom outside with pee pads or fake grass. Then, take the dog outside a few times a day to teach the dog. Teaching the dog to go outside goes beyond bathroom breaks. It will give the dog a chance to play outside with friends (dog play dates) and bond with pet owners. Being outside will allow dogs to run around, getting fresh air and exercise - increasingly important as dogs age. Being outside comes with its challenges, though. Wildlife may scout around home perimeters in search of food and choose to challenge small dogs. To keep wild animals away from companion animals, it's best to fence out wild animals and fence in dogs. During cold months, dogs will need shelter, blankets and warmth. During hot months, dogs will need lots of water - even a kiddie swimming pool area to splash around in.

Pets will also need to go to a local veterinarian on a regular basis. Be sure to get dogs shots and other vaccinations to maintain their health. Tell a dog doctor about abnormalities in animal behavior or diet, if any. Dogs will also need proper dental care and may be worth investing in mint gummies for dogs to chew on. As dogs get older, trips to the vet will become more frequent.

Being a responsible pet owner will require pet owners to care for pets by providing them with love and attention. Pets will need healthy dog treats; socialization with other domestic animals; exercise and toys galore. This February, go beyond being a pet owner and be a responsible pet owner this Responsible Pet Ownership Month.

Blog post shared from Deerbusters.com.

Dogs Need Exercise

Dogs Need Exercise

Dogs really are just like humans: They need time to socialize with friends; a chance to play and unwind; healthy foods to eat; and yes...even a regular fitness regiment. 

Exercise is very important for dogs especially as animals age. Puppies need at least 30 minutes of daily activity to maintain healthy bones and joints. As the dog ages, they will need to see at least 45 minutes to an hour each day of physical activity.

Dogs that do not exercise risk health complications as they age including high blood pressure, arthritis and obesity as well as a shortened lifespan.

Pet owners can easily bond with their pets in the fenced-in backyard while helping them focus on strength training exercises. Working out with dogs can be as easy as throwing a ball and having him/her fetch it; having the dog jump; and asking him/her to lay down or crawl.

These training exercises for dogs help strengthen the full body and will be beneficial as the pup ages. 

Story re-posted from Deerbusters.com

Lost Pets In U.S.

Lost Pets In U.S.

One in three pets will get lost in their lifetime.

On average, The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. While animal shelters and humane societies try to reunite pets with owners, they often have more trouble reuniting cats with owners than dogs with owners. 

A large majority of pet owners find their dogs and cats simply by looking through their neighborhoods. Having pets chipped or ID'ed helped claim animals, as well. 

The easiest way to insure that pets do not get lost or stolen is to keep them secure in the backyard with fencing. If the fence is high enough for pets, then they will have no way of getting out of the enclosure. The height and material used to fence in dogs will depend on the size of the dog and their demeanor (are they chill dogs or more rambunctious animals, for example). This action does not only prevent domestic animals from escaping, but also keeps out wildlife that may try to harm pets. 

Fence In Run Away Dogs

Fence In Run Away Dogs

Some pets are better at staying in the yard than others; but if something, or someone, catches their eye, they are gone. Dogs may even be tempted to chase after feral cats that wander onto properties. 

While wooden fences look nice in the beginning, they begin to splinter and rot away. They may even develop small holes - thanks to insects. Wooden Fences are great privacy fences; but they make it easy for dogs to wiggle out into busy streets. 

This is why pet owners should consider fencing in dogs with plastic or metal dog fencing. Metal dog fences, for example, will stay strong against chewing and digging dogs and weather conditions that may affect the strength of a fence. And, while chain-link is considered a metal fence, we do not recommend this cheap yard fence because it will eventually corrode and look ugly in yards. (Hey, that's just our opinion.) PVC on fences prevent chew marks and will allow the fence to blend in with the surroundings. 

If you need to keep dogs from running away, install fencing. 

Measure Yards For Fence

Measure Yards For Fence

So, you're ready to buy dog fencing but you aren't sure how many dog fence rolls you will need. Luckily, you have us to help.

It's best to use a tape measure to help determine the size of your yard; but if you don't have one on-hand; then it's best to walk the perimeter of the yard [ or area you wish to fence]. Take normal walking strides and divide the number by 2 or 2.5 to get the total linear footage you need for your dog fence.

This will help you determine how many fence rolls you need. Additionally, mark spots where your fence corners will be. Then, keep in mind that your fence line posts will be every 10-15 feet apart from each other. Lastly, mark your fence ends where the fence will end at a tree, gate or house.

If you still aren't sure how to build DIY fence, consult a local fence installer for precise measurements. 

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